The United Nations at 75: “Imperfect but indispensable”?

(Disponible en français : Les Nations Unies, 75 ans plus tard : « imparfaites, mais indispensables »?) At a 21 September 2020 high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the United Nations’ (UN’s) member states adopted a declaration commemorating the organization’s 75th anniversary. The declaration noted that no other global organization has the…

COVID-19 and Humanitarian Crises

26 August 2020, 10:30 a.m. (Disponible en français : La COVID-19 et les crises humanitaires) At the beginning of 2020, millions of people around the world were already in a state of significant vulnerability as a result of armed conflicts, disasters and state failure. This HillNote discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on humanitarian…

Executive Summary – Defence Procurement Organizations Worldwide: A Comparison

(Disponible en français : Résumé — Les organismes d’approvisionnement en matière de défense dans le monde : comparaison) In Canada, defence procurement is a complex process involving several federal departments and agencies, notably the Department of National Defence; Public Services and Procurement Canada; Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; and the Treasury Board of Canada…

Canadian and Global Military Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

3 June 2020, 11:15 a.m. (Disponible en français : Interventions militaires canadiennes et étrangères en réponse à la pandémie de COVID-19) Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments in Canada and other countries have mobilized and deployed their military to assist civilian authorities. Each country has used its military resources differently. To date, the…

International Institutions, Cooperation and the COVID-19 Pandemic

1 May 2020, 10:20 a.m. (Disponible en français : Les organismes internationaux, la coopération et la pandémie de COVID‑19) The COVID-19 pandemic has mobilized international institutions established by sovereign states to facilitate cooperation in the face of a global crisis or concern. The advantages of such engagement include pooling capabilities and knowledge, multiplying efforts, dispersing…

Executive Summary – The World Trade Organization: Selected Challenges and Canada’s Priorities

(Disponible en français : Résumé – Organisation mondiale du commerce : Défis choisis et priorités du Canada) The World Trade Organization (WTO) is currently facing challenges relating to its executive, legislative, monitoring and adjudicative functions. As a founding member of the WTO, Canada has a number of reform proposals that are designed to address these…